John M. Dlugosz has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:
I find myself longing for that simple time, because I want to print a fancy directory listing on a label. Perl can do its report stuff (a feature I've never used before, actually) but I'd have to load the resulting text file into some application using a monospaced font and print it from there.
To print in Windows, a program uses a device context and draws, just like on the screen. Perl doesn't do that naturally. I do want to use some simple formatting like large centered text for caption, and wrapping long lines (with a proportional font).
One idea is to drive Word through OLE Automation. But I'm wondering if there is something simpler that's Perl-like and works on ActiveState? Barring that, any other ideas on how to print from Perl?